The Price Of The Porsche 918 Is Too Damn High!


We say that mainly because we really want one.

When the Porsche 918 Spyder was first launched, entrylevel pricing started at $845,000. Given the ridiculous good looks of the 918and insane levels of tech, that price (while hefty) was abargain compared to the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. All 918 units of the918 have now been sold and production officially ended in June 2015. Give ortake six months and the value of the 918 has exploded. Is Porsche fever the culprit? Probably. At double the initial asking price this Porsche Tax has gone to insane levels.

There are a fair amount of 918s for sale at the moment and most are still well above the million-dollar threshold. On average, the sans Weissach Package 918 circulates around $1.5-$1.8 million. That is double the $845,000 initial asking price for a car that ceased production only last year. Those with the Weissach Package originally set the prodigious owner back $929,000. That sly devil of an owner can now laugh straight to the bank as Weissach-equipped cars list between $1.9-$2.2 million, more than double the initial offering. We want to know why. Hypothesize for a second: When the 918 was first offered before the numbers and specs of P1 and LaFerrari were revealed, most assumed the 918 would be excellent but the slowest of the "Holy Trinity."

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The 918 was the least exclusive of the three: "Just" 918 models were available compared to the 375 P1s offered by McLaren and 499 LaFerraris by Ferrari. Fast forward to the present and given the numerous comparison tests available to us now it would appear that in real-world performance the 918 is the fastest in terms of acceleration and on-track performance. It edges out both rivals ever so slightly on-track, though it is decimated when the P1 is fitted with Pirelli Trofeo R tires. So is that the reason then? The values have skyrocketed because people have realized that the 918 is by the smallest of margins the fastest? No. The competitors have skyrocketed in value too though it is less visible than the 918 due the car's respective production volumes.

These are the three cars that will never depreciate in value. The Internet has made them so widely publicized and coveted that the market will remain a sellers' one until prospective owners decide otherwise. The trinity of hypercars has paved the way for the next generation of supercars, sports cars, and inevitably road cars. Just as the 959 and F40 (the F1 has yet to be topped,) ushered in the current wave of carbon-fiber, all-wheel drive, selective torque splitting, cockpit adjusted damper stiffness, and ride-height, the next generation of performance car will all have trickle-down technology from these three.

Perhaps that is the way the 918's value has risen. Or maybe everyone wants Instagram bragging rights so they can selfie on the hood in their Yeezy 350 Boosts. Who knows.

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